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  • n  an embarrassing mistake

  • The police investigation into the calamity points more to a foul-up than foul play.
  • But because of a foul-up in drafting the deepwater leases, 1,000 of them issued in 1998 and 1999 didn't contain the language lifting the exemption for higher prices.
  • The marines' word for this is "jacfu"joint American-Chinese foul-up.

  • Scott Stanzel in Chicago Tribune
    We are trying to understand the ramifications of this congressional farm bill foul-up. We haven't found a precedent for a congressional blunder of this magnitude,said Scott Stanzel, a White House spokesman. "It looks like it may be back to...
  • Kofi Annan in CNN International
    Secretary-General Kofi Annan called the affair "a first-class foul-up" and a UN spokesman Wednesday said the cockpit voice recorder tapes heard by the National Transportation Safety Board in Washington contain some conversations in French.

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